Scheyer eyes chance with Heat

Updated: July 9, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Jon Scheyer soon could be a teammate of the NBA's new super trio in Miami, with a chance to add an NBA ring to his NCAA national championship and Illinois state title.

After clearing their roster to create salary cap space for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat need to acquire players. One spot could go to Scheyer.

Scheyer went undrafted in June, but he will head to Las Vegas on Saturday to begin the summer league season with the Heat. He is considered a free agent, meaning any team can sign him, and his three-point shooting ability could make him an ideal role player for Miami.

"It's obviously a possibility, but for me I'm just trying to take it one day at a time," Scheyer, who won a national championship at Duke last season, said during an interview on "The Waddle and Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.

"I think when you look at those guys and think about what they need, you look at how much attention those guys would draw, so naturally you'd think they need shooting around them," he said.

If Scheyer does end up with the Heat, he'll be joining another team many love to hate. Scheyer said many of his friends disliked Duke, and after Miami scored the league's top three free agents, Scheyer's friends have told him they'll probably root against the Heat next season.

Although draft day was a disappointment, Scheyer said not being drafted has made him work harder to prove himself.

"It's your life in other people's hands, so as much as I would have loved to be low-key and relaxed [while watching the draft], of course you want to get picked," he said. "When it got to be about the last half of the second round, I was somewhat hoping I wouldn't get drafted because I knew there were options out there for me, Miami being one of them."

Scheyer won a Class AA title at Glenbrook (Ill.) North High School.